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October 2, 2015
New international agreements promise to remove obstacles for manufacturers offering helicopter improvements to operators in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Officials of the FAA, European Aviation Safety Agency and Transport Canada signed the agreements Sept. 15; the FAA announced them Sept. 28. Once they go into effect, the pacts enable aviation...
October 2, 2015
In a letter sent yesterday to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International along with a long list of industry groups lamented the FAA's failure to meet its Sept. 30, 2015, deadline for commercializing UAS in the country's...
October 1, 2015
The FAA has started work to apply crash-resistant fuel system standards to all helicopters, its chief has told the National Transportation Safety Board. In a Sept. 28 letter, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta told NTSB Chairman Christopher Hart that he has tasked the agency’s Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee with acting on the safety board’s...
September 24, 2015
  Image courtesy of Bell Helicopter On Tuesday, Sept. 22, Bell Helicopter received the first completed fuselage for its V-280 tilt-rotor design from Spirit AeroSystems and emphasized the importance of speed in providing future vertical-lift technology for tomorrow's...
September 23, 2015
Operations, engineering and flight test experts will debate the real-world certification challenges facing the rotorcraft industry and its regulators at Oct. 27's Rotorcraft Certification Summit.  "The Most Daunting Certification Challenges Before Us" is among the panel discussions in the program for the one-day executive forum at the Sheraton DFW Airport Hotel in Irving, Texas.   Among...
September 18, 2015
NASA has successfully flight tested UAS detect-and-avoid technology using Ikhana, its MQ-9 Predator B fixed-wing drone. "Depending on the specific scenario, either Ikhana detected one or more approaching aircraft and sent an alert to its remote pilot to take action, or Ikhana itself took action on its own by flying a programmed maneuver to avoid a...
September 17, 2015
CHC Helicopter is seeking proposals for presentations at its annual Safety & Quality Summit next April in British Columbia. The summit is a premier event in the world of...
September 16, 2015
AgustaWestland recently set a new speed record for its AW609 TiltRotor, which flew 1,161 km between company facilities in England and Italy in 2 hr 18 min. The point-to-point journey began with a vertical...
September 11, 2015
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is looking into adaptive landing gear that would enable helicopters to land and launch on angled, irregular and moving surfaces. The agency demonstrated a concept for such gear at its "What? Wait" future technology forum this week in St. Louis. DARPA noted that the flat, stable surfaces required for use of traditional skid and...
September 10, 2015
AgustaWestland will deliver three AW119Kx helicopters to China this year as part of a contract with Sino-US Intercontinental, adding to a total of more than thirty rotorcraft the distributor has ordered since late 2013. The partnership between AgustaWestland and...
September 9, 2015
Long-time offshore oil and gas industry leader Bill Chiles will present the keynote speech at Rotor & Wing International's Rotorcraft Certification Summit Oct. 27 at the Sheraton DFW Airport in Irving, Texas.    At the one-day summit, top industry and regulatory executives will discuss ongoing work toward consensus among the General Aviation Manufacturers Assn. and the AeroSpace and Defence...
September 4, 2015
Today is your last chance to receive a $100 early-bird registration discount for Rotor & Wing International's Rotorcraft Certification Summit. The one-day summit, held Oct. 27 near...
September 2, 2015
The FAA has appointed two new executives to guide the agency's integration of unmanned aircraft systems into U.S. airspace. The announcement comes less than one month after prior speculation into the agency's reorganization of its UAS functions. Marke "Hoot" Gibson will be the senior...
September 1, 2015
A camera mounted on a DJI Phantom (superimposed here) took this nighttime photo from a height of 150 ft. Such small UAS capabilities concern privacy advocates. Photos by Mark Colborn When a vacationing 39-year-old California man flew a Parrot Bebop Drone 100 ft above Washington’s Lafayette Park May 14, the U.S. capital took notice. The park, a popular spot for protesters, is directly across...
September 1, 2015
Washington firefighters used a camera-equipped drone last week to identify targets for helicopters to drop water. State officials deployed the fixed-wing ScanEagle UAV to about 9,500 ft above the Paradise Fire in Olympic National Park...
August 31, 2015
EagleEye Systems, Inc. sold its "smart" UAV operating system to its first U.S. customer. Public service workers in New Jersey's Bergen County Office of Emergency Management will deploy OS-equipped drones for SAR and emergency situations. According to the...
August 28, 2015
Defensive measures against small UAS were a major focus at this year's Black Dart exercise organized by the U.S. Defense Department. Many results from this year's 20 or so engagements were kept secret, but one allegedly involved a U.S. Marine Corps sniper...
August 28, 2015
Sept. 4 is the deadline for a $100 discount on registration for Rotor & Wing International’s Rotorcraft Certification Summit Oct. 27 near Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. At the one-day summit, top industry and...
August 26, 2015
Intevac Photonics' night-vision technology may contribute to the U.S. Army's total degraded visual environments (DVE) solution for helicopter pilots. In a request for information made in July, the Army sought interest from contractors willing to develop a device giving helicopter pilots clear visibility in all degraded visual environments. Intevac told R&WI that a prime contractor responding...
August 24, 2015
The 2016 Heli UK Expo will take place July 1 to 3, 2016, at Sywell Aerodrome, Northamptonshire, according to the event website. The expo claims to be...
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